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seller and buyer were anonymous. >> that is what i'm this is "world news." tonight, break in the case. new leads on the bomber at the boston marathon. was the bomber caught on tape by a store surveillance camera? the abc news team standing by with the latest. breaking news in that poison alert. an arrest in the case of the deadly letters laced with ricin sent to the president and a senator. we have details coming up now. voted down. a huge defeat for the big gun bill. tonight, outrage from the families of the victims of gun violence. >> our hearts are broken. our spirit is not. and in their own words, tonight as the people of boston recover, their proud message to the world. >> we're a strong people. and we're not going to let
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anyone push us around. you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us. good evening to you. we begin in boston tonight amid reports of a break in the case. and here's the question -- has the bomber been spotted on a surveillance tape? as we've heard there was videotape everywhere at that moment on that day of the marathon. experts have been scouring the images. and we also know that on this night, 62 injured are still fighting for recovery in the hospital, and 12 of them remain in critical condition. so let's get straight to the latest news right now from abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. brian? >> reporter: diane, authorities put out the word today, just 48 hours after the bombs went off, that they might have found the bomber. the developments came on a day of unfulfilled expectations
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and a serious case of security jitters. >> this is not a drill. this is not a drill. >> reporter: the federal courthouse, where any suspect would stand trial, was evacuated late this afternoon because of a bomb threat that, understandably, was taken very seriously. >> what are they telling you? >> code red evacuation. >> code red, evacuate the building. >> reporter: no bomb was found. but the law enforcement response forced a postponement of a news conference where officials had planned to talk about a possible suspect. authorities say the fbi is focused on photographs, including some taken by a surveillance camera at the lord & taylor store, that show a man in the race-day crowd, using a cellphone, with a black bag strapped across his chest that authorities say may contain the bomb. the key frames are just a few of the millions of frames of video examined in the last 36 hours by a special team of fbi forensic experts, the operational technology division. they have set up facilities at
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a restricted location near the boston harbor. and they are masters at what is known as facial recognition, the new science of converting a face into a name, demonstrated here by an indiana company that was used by the fbi following the 9/11 attacks. >> in this investigation, there will be hundreds of thousands of images. if they have a suspect identified, they know the area that suspect was in, they'll be able to then track the person back to an image and say, here we have him. >> reporter: the fbi tech agents are also examining tiny bits of debris recovered at the crime scene. there are wire fragments with manufacturing names, tiny nails used as shrapnel, as well as the mangled remains of the pressure cooker that agents say was used to build the bomb, and may well have fingerprints still on it. >> one of the keys in any trial is linking the evidence you have to the suspect. it's extremely important to match the bomb to the bad guy.
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>> reporter: ultimately, whoever is arrested will almost certainly face at least three counts of premeditated murder, for the deaths of 8-year-old martin richard, 29-year-old krystle campbell, and the third victim identified just today, boston university graduate student lingzi lu, a native of china. there may be as many as a thousand agents assigned to this case. tonight there's a sense from many of them that they're getting much closer. >> brian, thank you. we want to bring in richard clark, who is was a national counterterrorism adviser at the white house under two administrations.
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>> there's good news there apparently that they have some faces. so we may be in one of those cases that gets cracked quickly. to. too early to tell yet. >> you reminded us that they put back together the plane at lockerbie pan am 103. >> it was a 747 that blew up at altitude, spread over a hundred square miles. the fbi put that plane back together just as they are today putting the bombs back together. >> i know you'll be standing by with us throughout the evening as we bring everyone the latest developments. >> now we turn next to that breaking news in the dangerous drama unfolding out of washington, d.c. wonder of an arrest in the case of those letters that appear to have been laced with a deadly toxin -- letters sent to the president and to a center. the toxin is ricin which can
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kill within 36 hours and there's no antidote. abc's jim avila has the breaking news. >> hazmat suited inspectors gathered evidence linked to a letter addressed to the president of the united states, another to a mississippi senator, federal sources tell abc news they've arrested a suspect from tupelo, mississippi. a scare that stopped mail delivery on capitol hill this week. >> all staff and other personnel are directed to avoid this area until further notice. >> reporter: the fear, ricin. easily made from castor beans, by would-be bioterrorists. >> if you ingest enough, it could be very damaging and it could kill you. >> reporter: two letters, one to president obama, another two roger wicker, showed initial positive results in field tests. the letters never reached the white house or capital. >> the mail sent here is
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screened and the tests are taken at remote sites to mitigate the risks. >> the first was stopped then miles from its target to capitol hill. the second letter to the white house was intercepted six and a half miles away on a military base on the outskirts of d.c. a third post office sorting facility suffered possible contamination to its filtering system from an unknown source, ten miles from downtown washington. protections including air sensors at screening centers, set up after the anthrax attack in 2001, that killed five americans and injured 17 others, it happened just after 9/11. today's apparent attempt, so close to another incident of domestic terror is an eerie reminder of those frightening days. >> the letters to the problem and the senator were both signed with the initials k.c. which matches the name of the man arrested in tupelo, mississippi.
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diane? and now we turn to that big vote in washington and jolting defeat for the president on the gun bill crafted in response to the newtown shooting. tonight, it has failed in the senate, and the president spoke just this afternoon. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, is there now. >> reporter: this was the single best chance to pass any part of the president's plan to combat gun violence and it couldn't even get passed in the democratically-controlled senate. surrounded by victims of gun violence, the president angrily denounced the vote. >> there are no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. it came down to politics. so all in all this was a pretty shameful day in washington. >> reporter: the president was joined by mark barden, who lost his son daniel in the sandy hook massacre. >> we'll return home now, disappointed, but not defeated. we return home with the determination that change will happen. maybe not today, but it will happen. it will happen soon.
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>> the amendment is not agreed to. >> reporter: with the vice president presiding, the bill fell short of the 60 votes it needed to pass. prompting someone in the galleries to shout out. >> order in the senate. >> reporter: the vote was a crushing disappointment to the victims of gun violence who had been pleading with senators to pass the bill. many of them were here to watch as the vote went down. 12-year-old james barden whose little brother was murdered at sandy hook was there. >> i feel we owe it to daniel. 'cause his life needs to mean something. and no one else should have to do this. >> reporter: this was just one part of the president's plan that would have expanded background checks to all purchases at gun shows and online. they're now only required for guns bought at gun dealers. it means the rest of the president's plan is effectively dead. although joe biden told us the fight is not over. >> it's time for the american
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people to make it clear just how displeased they are with this vote and let their representatives know that. this is far from over. >> reporter: i just finished talking to those sandy hook families. they are tired, emotionally drained, but they tell me they're absolutely determined to continue this fight. but as far as this bill, this effort to expand background checks, it is all but dead for the rest of the year. there's virtually no chance it will be revived. >> thanks so much, jon. now we're going to take everyone overseas for a moment for the funeral for margaret thatcher in london. ♪ >> there were thousands of people lining the streets to honor her, a few dozen protesters showing up as well, but more than 2,000 mourners packed st. paul's cathedral. among them dick cheney, henry kissinger, and queen elizabeth paying tribute to the iron lady in the largest funeral for a non-royal since winston
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churchill in 1965. next we turn back home to the major headache for anyone flying american airlines. 24 hours after they grounded their fleet and canceled more than 1,000 flights, abc's david kerley takes us inside the chaos. what caused the short-circuit and what happened today. >> reporter: this is what a computer crash looks like. thousands of passengers in hours' long lines, planes grounded, 1,200 flights canceled. today, american airlines struggled to get back on schedule. carlos maldonado was trying, for a second day, to get home to new mexico. >> there was just one conflict after another, a lot of unhappy folks. >> reporter: all the airline would say is that a software issue with its main and back-up systems forced it to shut everything down. a stark reminder of how much our lives now need technology to work. >> we're so dependent on it now.
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so the convenience ends up backfiring sometimes. >> reporter: it happened to united airlines last year as it was merging with continental and the two reservations systems. no shutdown, but severe delays. and guess what. american hopes to merge with u.s. airways later this year. so after the computer glitch american quickly took to youtube. >> we're very sorry for that. >> reporter: apologizing, but not promising that this will never happen again. david kerley, abc news, washington national airport. still ahead on this fast-moving news day, a judge's wife has been charged with murdering those two texas prosecutors. tonight we'll tell you about a confession and a possible motive. [ male announcer ] this is kevin. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for him, he's agreed to give it up. that's today?
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mclelland and his wife were gunned down in their own home, williams expressed his sympathies. >> my heart goes out to all the families that have been affected by this tragedy. >> reporter: the case drew national attention and suspicion fell on white supremacist prison gangs. >> anything that the public can help with? >> not that we're releasing. >> reporter: but today authorities say the killers were none other than eric and kim williams. >> kim lene williams, 46, of kaufman, has been arrested and charged with the offense of capital murder. >> reporter: police say she confessed to her involvement in the murder scheme. according to court documents, she told investigators her husband shot to death the mclellands and also assistant district attorney mark hasse, gunned down near the courthouse in january. the alleged motive, revenge. mclelland and hasse prosecuted williams shown here on surveillance tapes, for stealing government computers. in this interview, he suggested he needed the equipment to work from home. >> so you just took the monitors and the memory? >> that's what i can remember.
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during trial prosecutor mark hasse called williams a flat-out thief and burglar, and needs to be removed from office. district attorney mike mclelland described the case as an example of the fox watching the hen house. williams was convicted of theft, his reputation and livelihood destroyed. after the most recent murders, investigators quickly suspected williams, he denied everything. but police stayed on the case, searching his home and rental storage property. >> it makes me feel that the police are doing the thorough job they need to. >> reporter: they apparently did. capital murder charges are expected against eric williams as early as tomorrow. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. and coming up next in our instant index, audrey hepburn as holly golightly, but did the heroine of "breakfast at tiffany's" almost have a very different name? a simple question: how old is the oldest person you've known? we gave people a sticker and had them show us.
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beverly shea who has died at the age of 104. ♪ ♪ >> he sang with the most famous evangelist of his time, reverend billy graham. and graham said of his friend, there was no singer he would rather hear. and we have a footnote on the tragic events in boston from comedian stephen colbert who used laughter to create a message in tribute to the tough people of a great american city. >> nothing these terrorists do will shake them. for pete sake, boston was founded by the pilgrims, a people so tough they had to buckle their [ bleep ] hats on.
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♪ >> this is a close-knit place, the city of boston. here we know our neighbors. we grieve for them. >> as an american, my heart is broken. but as a bostonian, my resolve for the pursuit of freedom and liberty has never been stronger. >> i have to give it to the bostonians. people were giving us water, food, blankets to wrap on. everybody was lending a hand -- and these are complete strangers. ♪ >> if you want to know who we are, what america is, how we respond to evil, that's it. selflessly, compassionately, unafraid. ♪ >> we're strong people and we're not going to let anyone push us around. you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us. >> that's who we are. we're fighters. >> we will not be bullied. we will not be pushed around. we will not let someone force us to be afraid of our own shadow
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in the city we call home. >> we must not feed the terror. this is america, and even greater than that, this is boston -- a home of the patriot. >> and don't forget "nightline" later tonight. we'll leave you now with the sounds of "sweet caroline," the anthem of boston baseball fans and tonight, america's anthem too. ♪ good times never seemed so good ♪ ♪ i've been inclined to believe there never was ♪ ♪ but now i look at the night ♪ and it don't seem so lonely ♪ we fill it up
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tonight a bay area company tells how it can help the fbi track the terrorist autos exclusive video of the search for evidence in boston. >> we'll follow up on the
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suicide of a high school rape victim y it took so long for classmates to be charged. >> and opening day at the new exploratorium. we're live at its new home where the celebration continues into the night. >> that is one of the explosions that killed three people at the boston marathon on monday. tonight a battery maker may able to help figure out who set it off. good evening, everyone. >> despite persistent reports throughout the day the bomber had been identified and arrested investigators are still poring over photos in search of suspects. they did release pictures of one bomb. when the people saw one of the batteries in the photos that you're looking at here, well, they picked up the phone and called the fbi. they also spoke with abc 7
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news. sergio? >> tenergy manufactures a rechargeable battery that is popularly used in remote control toy cars and trucks. more compact than a double a but gives more power, so when employees notice pictures of the bomb kpoent skpdz batteries they immediately reached out to law enforcement. these are pictures of the bits and pieces of the kpoents. employees noticed one sinked battery in the pictures they called the authorities. >> we contacted both boston police department and the fbi. >> this vice president at syn -- tenergy says it's usually used to power remote control toy autos i don't think there is anything in particularly unique

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